Chief Wahoo to disappear from Cleveland Indians uniforms in 2019

Chief Wahoo to disappear from Cleveland Indians uniforms in 2019

In the statement, Dolan said: "While we recognize many of our fans have a longstanding attachment to Chief Wahoo, I'm ultimately in agreement with Commissioner Manfred's desire to remove the logo from our uniforms in 2019".

The reaction on social media has been swift, with people on both sides of the debate. Topps, the company that markets baseball cards, replaced the Chief Wahoo logo with the "C" in 2017 and made a point to feature photographs of players not wearing the logo.

Speaking before that series, Shapiro was more explicit, saying he had always been bothered by the Wahoo logo, something that was easier to say now that he was no longer part of the team.

Chief Wahoo, the Cleveland Indians racist mascot, is dead.

Beginning in 2019, the logo will not be seen at all on the team's uniforms, or even on banners and signs in Progressive Field, where the Indians play home games.

In 1947, 17-year-old Walter Goldbach designed the first rendition of Chief Wahoo, which was commissioned by then-Indians owner Bill Veeck, the Plain Dealer reported.

Chief Wahoo has always been the subject of public scrutiny, with critics claiming that the grinning red-faced logo is offensive to the Native American community. Last year, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in another case made it clear that the Redskins name can not be stripped of trademark protection just because some find it offensive. After 2018, it will no longer appear on the team's jersey or on displays in the stadium.

The Indians, a charter member of the American League, were originally called the Blues when the team debuted in 1901.

The fight over Wahoo has spanned decades in Cleveland. The Cleveland Indians will remove the controversial logo of a caricatured Indian brave's face as of the 2019 season, reports the AP. During our constructive conversations, (Indians part-owner) Paul Dolan made clear that there are fans who have a longstanding attachment to the logo and its place in the history of the team.

Pattakos spoke to NPR in 2014, after he tweeted out a viral photo of a Native man confronting an Indians fan in redface.

The Associated Press was informed of the decision before an official announcement was planned for Monday by Major League Baseball.

The Redskins continue to use the name and a logo showing the profile of a Native American.

Adrienne King, a Cherokee writer who runs a blog about the appropriation of Native cultures, met the news with a celebratory word - "FINALLY!"

"Important to note: Even with this decision, you can still buy Chief Wahoo merch in OH and at the stadium, and the name is still the Indians", she wrote on Twitter.

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